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former general david petraeus in a compromise position. lawmakers are criticizing the fbi for initially keeping secret an investigation that led to the downfall of former cia director david petraeus. >> to have someone out there in such a sensitive position, he may or may not have been having an affair at the time. >> government officials say the investigation started out months ago. joe kelly, a friend of petraeus said he was receiving anonymous threatening e-mails. in the process, it was discovered he had had an affair. a former spokesman for traders said this of the relationship. >> it in about four months ago. >> according to officials, the fbi did not report the incident to his boss or congress or the president until concluding its investigation last week. the president accepted his resignation friday. >> it is very puzzling, and i think it was a mistake because it does happen so fast and so hard. since then, and has been like peeling an onion. >> the national security -- once the fbi concluded there is no national security breach by the cia director, there's really nothing there.
complains she was getting harassing emails and lead fbi to the affair. allenn got a vote of confidence today. >> he believes he is doing and has done an excellent job. some are angry that the afghan war, costing some u.s. lives and dollars, was hardly mentioned until this. >> and now we are becoming obsessed with the sex life of the director of the cia and the commander? a bit of this just seems out of balance. >> some question the fbi's involvement. >> those certainly involving a love triangle or whatever, it should not rise to this level. >> others wonder why the federal probe had been kept from congress and the white house. >> the fbi knew all about this months ago when they apparently told nobody about it. >> parts of the broadwell-- petraeus case was so incensed. briefed on the case today, nancy pelosi said the fbi had an obligation not to report to congress, to protect individual privacy unless national security was involved. on capitol hill, steve handlesman, wbal-tv 11 news. >> stay with nbc for continuing coverage of the petraeus scandal as it unravels. coming up tonight on "nbc nig
national security -- >> but the president is withholding judgment on the fbi holding secret. he praised the former cia chief. >> we are safer because of the work that david petraeus is has done. >> issue number two was the fiscal cliff and taxes. >> what i am not going to do is extend further a tax cut for folks who do not need it. >> republicans demand no rate hikes. can there be a deal finally to cut deductions? >> i recognize that we're going to have to compromise, and as i said on election night, compromise is hard. >> four americans dead in benghazi. today, a demand of a new investigation and warning the president not to nominate susan rice as his new secretary of state, after rice claimed benghazi was a riot gone wrong. >> to be searched her reputation is outrageous. >> mostly, a victor reaching out to his opponents. and with both sides not very far apart on taxes, the president hopes his re-election tips the balance and gives him some republican votes and the deal he wants to avoid the fiscal cliff. steve handelsman, wbal tv 11 news. >> still ahead tonight, hundreds second after
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